“We should not teach children the sciences but give them a taste for them”- Jean Jacques Rosseau.
We had read great reviews about the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, but our visit exceeded all our expectations.
The Museum is located in Downtown Miami close to Miami’s Arts and Entertainment District (which includes the Pérez Art Museum Miami and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts).
The Museum is accessible by public transportation, Metromover, bike and car (just have in mind that the onsite parking is expensive)
Frost Science is divided into four distinct buildings: the Aquarium, the Frost Planetarium, and the North and Left Wings. The Museum opens daily, 365 days a year, from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. We decided to go really early for smaller crowds (you can also purchase online the tickets to avoid lines).
The museum is completely bilingual in Spanish and English and also is half outdoors and half indoors, so it is a great option for warm or rainy days.
We started our visit from the top floor where there’s an outdoor terrace with a stunning 360-degree view of the Miami skyline. The view of the city and ocean is breathtaking!
Then we dedicated the first hours to the three-level Aquarium, that carries you from the surface to the depths of South Florida’s aquatic ecosystems. The Aquarium is truly impressive and without any doubt, it was the highlight of our visit.
The Aquarium building works on 3 different levels: The Vista, the Dive, and the Deep.
The Vista: this is the top level where you travel the vibrant surface of different habitats such as the Gulf Stream, Mangrove Forests, and Everglades. My kids’ favorite part was the stingray touch tank. This top floor has also an aviary, some poisonous snakes, and an outdoor Everglades exhibit.
The Dive: you descend into the underwater world with nearly 30 aquariums and interactive vessels. We enjoyed the jellyfish tanks and coral aquariums.
The Deep: this is the lower level where you can have an interactive experience about the vast depths of the Gulf Stream. The end of the Aquarium journey is a 31-foot oculus lens forming the bottom of the Gulf Stream Aquarium.
We had lunch in the lower floor cafeteria (the food was quite overpriced) and then we headed to the 250-seat Frost Planetarium. (Tip: you should arrive at least 15 minutes early for your scheduled showtime to get seated).
The Frost Planetarium is one of the most advanced in the USA and takes you on a visual trip to outer space. The Planetarium runs different shows and we decided to see Dynamic Earth (a 24 min production narrated by Liam Neeson), that explores the Earth’s climate system. It is a great production worth seeing that helps children (and adults) understand the great impact of climate change on our planet.
At the Batchelor Foundation Gallery, we visited the exhibition “Feathers to the Stars”, that carries you through the amazing story of how ancient evolution gave birth to animal flight, how humans used imagination and engineering to get airborne and how outer space is the next frontier.
A huge model dinosaur greets you in this big room where there are many kid-friendly exhibits.
We spent the last hours of our visit at MeLaβ, located in the Baptist Health South Florida Gallery, where children can explore the amazing ways our body and mind work together.
There are five interactive zones (eat, move, relax, connect and learn) where children become the experiment, run simulations, challenge their brain, stop a virus, solve puzzles and test their senses.
My kids love the interactive and colorful dance fool where they could discover how many calories are burnt off with each step. I loved that it teaches children the importance of eating five serving of fruits and vegetables per day.
The Frost Science Museum is extremely interesting and a must go place in Miami!
For more information, you can visit the Museum’s website: www.frostscience.org.